Dallas Cowboys: Derek Carr

Totally spit-balling here, like just about every other draft prognosticater out there, but if the Dallas Cowboys are as hot and heavy for Johnny Manziel as Twitter would have you believe, the Oakland Raiders might be sitting in prime position.

So long as two scenarios play out.

Manziel
The first, obviously, is that Manziel is still on the board when it comes time for the Raiders’ choice at No. 5 overall.

The second, is that both Khalil Mack and Sammy Watkins are already gone, because if either of those guys are still available, that has to be Oakland’s pick, at least, in this corner.

In that combined development, though, the Raiders could reach out to Jerry Jones and offer up that No. 5 selection for a boatload of picks. Using the Trade Value Chart, the No. 5 pick is worth 1,700 points. The No. 16 pick, which is where the Cowboys currently sit, is worth 1,000 points.

So, for the swap to work, the Cowboys would have to come up with 700 more points in draft picks, or a player. Dallas’ second-rounder this year (No. 47 overall) is worth 430 points and its third-rounder (No. 78) is worth 200 points, while its fourth-rounder (No. 119) is worth 56 points. That gives the Raiders two seconds, two thirds and two fourths, but still nothing in the fifth or sixth rounds to go with three seventh-rounders. It also still leaves the Cowboys needing 14 points to make up the difference.

Of course, the Trade Value Chart is more of a guideline for teams than a hard fast rule, and the Cowboys would have to stomach gutting the middle of their draft, though they could conceivably involve future picks in such a deal.

Plus, from the Raiders’ perspective, going from No. 5 to No. 16 is a pretty big drop (last year, they went from No. 3 to No. 12). Because as has been mentioned in this corner, Oakland needs an impact player with its first pick, rather than a developmental one like in general manager Reggie McKenzie’s first two seasons in Tony Bergstrom and D.J. Hayden.

So who could potentially be there at No. 16? Think UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr, or Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert, or Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix III, or USC receiver Marqise Lee, or even Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr.

Or should the Raiders simply stay put at No. 5 and take the best player available?

Cowboys' Twitter mailbag, Part 1

February, 14, 2014
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IRVING, Texas – Part 1 of the Cowboys' Twitter mailbag is ready. Part 2 comes on Saturday.

In this post we talk about if the Dallas Cowboys would really pick Michael Sam, Will McClay's role, drafting a quarterback early and/or a wide receiver early.

Away we go:

 

Mike Kafka signs with Bucs, not Cowboys

February, 10, 2014
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IRVING, Texas -- After working out for the Dallas Cowboys last week, quarterback Mike Kafka has signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Cowboys had interest in Kafka last June when they put a waiver claim in on him following his release from the New England Patriots, but he ended up with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who also claimed him.

The Cowboys believe Tony Romo will be ready for the offseason program after late-December back surgery, but they want to have at least three quarterbacks on the roster with the expanded rosters when the offseason program begins. Kyle Orton is the only other quarterback on the roster signed for 2014 and his future is somewhat cloudy because of the Cowboys’ salary-cap situation and his desire to keep playing.

Last year the Cowboys had Orton, Nick Stephens and Dalton Williams around as Romo recovered from surgery to remove a cyst from his back.

Leading into the Week 17 finale against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Cowboys worked out Derek Carr, Tyler Thigpen, John Skelton, Richard Bartel and Caleb Hanie before signing Jon Kitna out of retirement.

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